2011 Offseason Team Needs: AFC North

This is a continuation of our 2011 off season team needs series.  This time we take a look at the AFC North.

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB- Ben Roethlisberger

RB- Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Isaac Redman

WR- Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown

TE- Heath Miller

Needs – Nothing at the offensive fantasy positions

The team is set at quarterback with Roethlisberger for years.  Same with Rashard Mendenhall at running back.  Hines Ward will be retiring but Sanders and Brown look like they should be able to fill the void there.  Heath Miller is more than adequate at tight end.

Baltimore Ravens

QB- Joe Flacco

RB- Ray Rice, Willis McGahee

WR- Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason

TE- Todd Heap

Needs – wide receivers

The receiving group of this team is getting very long in the tooth.  Mason is contemplating retiring.  They don’t know if they will bring back Donte Stallworth or TJ Houshmandzadeh at all.  Boldin is getting older.  Some talented youth at the wide receiver position would serve them well.  Todd Heap is getting old as well.  The team did draft Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson last year at tight end.  The jury is still out on their talents.

Cincinnati Bengals

QB- Carson Palmer???

RB- Cedric Benson???, Bernard Scott

WR- Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell, Jordan Shipley

TE- Jermaine Gresham

Needs – quarterback and running back

Let’s face it.  Two things, Carson Palmer wants out of Cincinnati and he is definitely aging.  The team could use a new quarterback to groom.  The team may also not bring back Cedric Benson.  Plus he’s not that reliable anyway averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry for his career.  The team also needs a running back.  I think the team has the receivers they need to succeed.  Jerome Simpson is a big vertical threat.  Jordan Shipley is that Wes Welker, moves those chains type of receiver.  Jermaine Gresham gives them another big target in the passing game.

Cleveland Browns

QB- Colt McCoy

RB- Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty

WR- Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie

TE- Benjamin Watson

Needs – wide receivers

This teams greatest need is at the wide receiver position.  When your tight end is your team receptions leader you definitely have a wide receiver problem.  This position needs to be addressed pronto or the offense will never progress into anything that can produce with any kind of consistency.

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